Was reading through Flake's&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My experience / background is a little different than his was, so I wanted to start this thread as an opportunity to help provide at least some insight into other ER routes that aren't predicated on being .
Forgive me if it's redundant to some of you, but this was something I wish I would have had when exploring other options.
For a bit of background information on me, I went to a very small non-target UG school and studied Finance. It was a writing intensive college, which has proved to be quite beneficial for me in my current job. I did well in UG (3.8+), and used the GPA to go to a non-target MBA that is a CFA Partner School after finishing UG. While in school, I cleared Levels I and II, and am sitting for Level III in June. Comparable GPA in grad school.F
Unfortunately, with no solid experience and a non-target background, the good GPA was relatively meaningless for me, so I worked really hard to get an internship in ER. Spent a summer covering financials with a solid independent shop, and after graduating the MBA program I took a job with an independent shop covering special situations. I'm a generalist analyst and have gotten to see many industries, some I love, some I don't. Through the experience, I was able to get an analyst job with a boutique buy-side shop that I have since started.
My point is this: if you want to do ER, it doesn't mean BB or bust. Hopefully this thread can help interested people in some way. Feel free to ask away and I'll answer to the best of my ability.